The Story of Betty and Harry Squibb.
Harry Squibb was born in Toronto on May 5, 1928, and grew up working on his family’s dairy farm in Innisfil. When he was 15, Harry became interested in a friend’s 1931 Ford roadster. The friend was having trouble with the car and was willing to sell it. Harry was confident he could fix the car and, with some help from his parents, he managed to put together the $10 to buy it.
A few years later Harry was out driving his new set of wheels when he stopped in Bell Ewart and asked local girl Betty Ruffett out to a baseball game. Betty had been born in Bell Ewart on June 20, 1927 and had recently returned from her studies at Shaw Business College in Toronto to work in the office of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie. After receiving permission from her father, Betty took Harry up on his offer. That ball game was the beginning of their long life together.
Betty and Harry were married in 1947 and set off on their honeymoon in that same Ford roadster, with their suitcases in the rumble seat. They toured through southern Ontario to Toronto and Niagara Falls.
After returning home, Harry worked shipping milk from his family’s farm to Toronto and worked part-time for the Innisfil roads department. He later became a full time roads department employee and retired in 1993 after 49 years of service.
Harry and Betty had eight children: Dale, Dennis, Douglas, David, Donna, Dean, Darlene and Debra. They still live on their hilltop property on the Innisfil 4th Line. At 89 and 90 years old, respectively, Harry and Betty remain active and enjoy frequent visits from their many children and grandchildren. A few times a year, Harry drives to his son Dean’s farm near Stratford to help out by driving a tractor and continues to go fishing with friends. For Harry and Betty, Innisfil will always be home.
Photo: Betty and Harry Squibb at their 70th-anniversary celebration.